Governor working in state's interest

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2005

Regarding the Feb. 9 My Turn column by Gov. Murkowski, "Oil tax decision is part of state duty:

When things seem to be going from bad to worse for an administration, we have a lot of naysayers complaining. When the same administration does something right and decent, nothing is said. I am glad that I don't have to watch out for my interests all of the time. I am glad that Gov. Murkowski did his constitutional duty and called the right shot on combining Prudhoe Bay and its satellite fields for tax purposes.

Many of us have felt that the Economic Limit Factor needed a bit of tweaking. I applaud the governor for doing his job.

I also want to credit the governor and his wife for shining a light on fetal alcohol syndrome, child abuse, bootlegging and alcohol abuse, and drug trafficking. This strong stance on these issues speaks well for him. The governor has been listening to the people who are trying to combat these societal disorders.

I also thank him for his concern for high-cost energy in our villages and communities across the state. He took the lead on this difficult issue by appointing a group of rural residents to advise him on short-term policies that will help rural communities now. Hopefully they can come up with proposals that will help bring down those costs that will keep our villages viable.

Nels Anderson Jr.

Dillingham



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